The walkabout superzoom lens for Canon
This lens is nicely built and smooth to use .. although no USM, no FTM-F, and focusing ring rotates on focusing. Front element doesn't rotate on focusing so can use polarizing filters. The build quality is nearer to a kit lens than to a mid-range USM lens .. but has a metal mount .. so mainly for light amateur use or as a travel / walkabout lens. Has a lock @ 18mm to prevent creep while carried around.
Focusing is quick and silent and mostly accurate .. IS is effective .. Colours are neutral and vibrant .. Nice contrast
A lot of barrel distortion @ 18mm ..
Sharpness is a bit low wide open especially at extremes of zoom .. although stopping down improves the sharpness a lot .. especially centrally ..
Compared to Sigma and Tamron used on other Canon bodies .. very difficult to decide between them .. although I would say Canon and Tamron seem to have better sharpness and focusing accuracy .. while Canon and Sigma have nicer build .. Tamron seems to be the sharper of the three although slower in focusing and certainly not for dim lit scenes .. this is true at least of the copies I owned ..
Overall 7.5/10 .. based on what I felt was more important to me .. other people will differ .. so try it out for yourself at a shop before you buy.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Not for you if you wanted L series, otherwise great for what it is.
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
When you're a keen walker but don't take your camera with you because the lenses are simply too heavy and swapping them round makes you poor company, you realise there's a trade-off between theoretical quality and enjoyment.
What's great with this lens is that you can walk with the camera over your back and not end up with back ache. You can enjoy good quality shots and put your effort into technical skills if you like. Okay, it's not got an ultrasonic motor so probably not the best for wildlife but you can't have everything in one. I was suprised how well the stabiliser compensated for the limited max aperture so perfectly usable on an overcast day in late autumn.
Also great for taking to parties where the focal range is probably more useful than top quality shots.
I am actually wondering whether to sell my more expensive lenses now I've got this one!
I had a look at the standard rivals on eBay over a couple of months and felt that this was the pick of the bunch. You could get 18mm-250mm but this has better slightly better optics.
life with the canon 18-200mm lens
Recently upgraded my canon A80 (which was very good)for a canon EOS 450 DSLR.
The limitations of the 18-55mm lens became apparant. The super-zoom option was
appealing, as not to keen carrying & switching lenses. Read several reviews
between the Canon 18-200mm & Tamron 18-270mm lenses. Both similar in spec and
compromises. Went for the Canon,with very good eBay price.Excellent condition.
So far delighted with the lens,fantastic range,good focus & metering.A bit
weighty,but getting used to it and it still fits my case.
I now really enjoy taking my camera out again. Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Must have Canon Lens, 18-200mm
This Lens is top of the range and captures some amazing shots.
We used to have the Canon 18-55mm Lens and that was also great but you couldn't zoom in to get some long range shots. Hence us getting the 18-200mm Lens.
It's the perfect lens to keep in your camera carry bag and it does everything, so know need for 2 lens at all. Just get the 18-200mm and sell on the others. The 18-200mm wil do it all, close range and zoom shots.
I'd fully recommend the 18-200mm lens.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
I wanted one lens that would suit most situations.
And it's pretty good in most situations. The barrel distortion at the 18mm end is a bit dissapointing, but only when shooting architecture.
The quality at the fully zoomed end is excellent though.
The quality is much better than the sigma and it feels better built too.
It is a pretty heavy lens for an everyday lens, but the practicality of it far outweighs this. (excuse the pun)
No USM: It is a little noisier than a USM lens and I think some of the weight is attributable to this. And it takes a tiny bit longer to focus than a USM, but not so much that you'd notice, it is still very rapid at focusing and can quickly adjust to moving subjects. Although I've noticed you have to keep pressing the half shuter for this, rather than the constant adjustment on a USM. Which makes it slightly harder for capturing children and animals, but not impossible.
All in all, a happy purchase for an everyday lens.
Although I will still be keeping my other lenses in my kit bag for when I've got time to set up the perfect shots.
It would be excellent if it had USM and no barrel at 18mm wide angle
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.